Should You Buy Shades or Blinds?

Are you wondering whether to go with window blinds or window shades for your Tahoe City, CA home? While the two window treatment types have some similarities, they are two different products altogether. So you won’t want to get them confused. Window blinds are solid window coverings manufactured with horizontal slats that can be opened and closed with a wand or string. Window shades are made from one or multiple pieces of fabric. So which one is for you?

Here’s a look at window shades and window blinds. You’ll see how they compare head-to-head.

Privacy
If you place a premium on privacy and light control, you can get what you want whether you choose window shades or window blinds. If you go with blinds, you can manipulate the slats to control the amount of privacy and light control you get. You can also lower or raise the blinds to achieve the same objective.  If you go with shades, you will be able to regulate the amount of privacy and light control by pulling the shades up and down to the degree you wish. In a head-to-head comparison, you will get more control over the amount of privacy and natural light you enjoy with blinds than with shades. But if you really prefer shades over blinds, you can get products that you’re delighted with. Be sure to head to a window covering showroom to see your options.

Durability
There’s no denying that window blinds are more durable than are window shades. If you take care of your window treatments, you won’t have anything to worry about for a long time. But it goes without saying that blinds, because they are made from durable materials, will likely last longer than window shades that are made from fabric.

Maintenance
How do window blinds and window shades compare when it comes to maintenance? Window blinds — because of the solid material they’re made from — can be wiped down quite easily using a cloth and some furniture polish. It will take more effort, however, to maintain window shades. You can often clean them by using your vacuum cleaner. But if there are stubborn stains on the shades, you will have to exert more effort to clean them. So it pays to consider maintenance requirements before you choose which window treatments to buy for your home.

Are you interested in getting window shades for your Tahoe City, CA home? Are you interested in another type of window treatment instead? We’re here to help you get exactly what you want for the windows in your home. So get in touch to learn how we can help you. We offer motorized shades, traditional shades, blinds, shutters, Roman shades, custom drapery, and more. If you have windows, we have window treatments for them. For the help you need, give us a call or, better yet, come by our showroom and see what we have in store for you.

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